Jaitley suggests PSU banks to take proactive steps for funding various projects

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday met heads of public sector banks to review their financial performance and Jan Dhan Yojana and suggested them to take proactive steps in funding various projects. Jaitley also discussed ways to reduce stress on the asset front with PSU banks. The main agenda of the meeting was to discuss financial performance at the end of the second quarter. Nov 20, 2014

MP train robbery case: Investigation underway and culprits will be punished, says state Home Ministe

Bhopal, Nov 20 (ANI): Talking about a case of robbery in moving train near Karonda railway station in Madhya Pradesh where a 29 year old woman was severely injured as she fell out of the train, state Home Minister Babulal Gaur said that investigation is underway. He said that culprits will be caught and punished. Meanwhile, state Railways ADG Maithili Sharan said that till now, no exact information has been gathered and that investigation is underway. He said that the ticket collector let the two men enter and is now trying to play safe. He also assured of proper actions against the culprits. The victim is stable and is undergoing treatment. Nov 20, 2014

Punjab and Haryana HC cancels Rampal's bail in 2006 murder case

Chandigarh, Nov 20 (ANI): The bail plea of the self-styled godman Rampal has been cancelled by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in a 2006 murder case. The High Court has directed Haryana Police to produce Rampal at 2 pm in the contempt case. Nov 20, 2014

German envoy meets Sanskrit teachers to resolve language row in Indian schools

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): German ambassador to India, Michael Steiner held a meeting with Sanskrit teachers, including right-wing ideologue Dinanath Batra, in New Delhi to make a breakthrough in the ongoing language row across the country's central schools. Germany did not seek reconsideration of the opposition to German being taught as a third language at the central schools, but sought more cooperation for promotion of the two languages that shared a lot in common. Education Minister Smriti Irani had decided to drop the German language in favour of Sanskrit for over 70,000 students across 500 Kendriya Vidyalayas or central Schools from classes VI to VIII. Nov 20, 2014

Fire in Delhi furniture market, no casualty

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): A major fire broke out last night at the national capital's Okhla furniture market. A fire official stated that the cause of fire was a short circuit. No casualties have been reported so far. The officer also said that goods worth lakhs of rupees were gutted in the flames. Further details are awaited. Nov 20, 2014

Women seriously injured after alleged robbery on moving train

Bhopal, Nov 20 (ANI): A 29-year-old woman was severely injured after she fell out of a moving train while she was chasing the two men who had allegedly robbed her near Karonda railway station. The woman sustained serious injuries in the incident and is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Bhopal. According to the media reports, the victim's belongings including a hand bag, her gold chains and two smartphones were missing. Victim's mother claimed that there is no security for passengers in the Indian Railways. Investigation is on into the matter. Nov 20, 2014

TISS scholar from Manipur found dead at his home in South Delhi

New Delhi/Bangalore, Nov 20 (ANI): A 33-year-old Manipuri scholar was found murdered at his home in Kotla area of South Delhi on Thursday morning. The deceased Zingran Kengoo was a PhD scholar from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). The body of the deceased was discovered by his house owner's son who found him lying in a pool of blood. According to the reports, Kengoo was found with a slit throat and his head almost beheaded. A knife was also recovered from the room where the incident took place. The body has been sent to the hospital for postmortem. Meanwhile, in Bangalore a 25-year-old Manipuri youth was allegedly assaulted by three people. The Manipuri youth who was badly injured has been hospitalized. Investigations are underway in both the cases. Nov 20, 2014

Mexico student deaths the biggest crisis for President Nieto

The outrage over 43 men feared to have been massacred in September by drug-gang hitmen working in cahoots with corrupt police has constituted the biggest crisis to President Pena Nieto's administration since he took office in 2012. Duration: 02:47 Nov 20, 2014

Narendra Modi reaches India after three-nation tour

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reached India after completing his three nation 10-day tour. Modi had left India on Nov 11 to attend the Asean-India and East Asia summits in Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw. He then left for Australia and attended the G20 summit in Brisbane. He also addressed the Australian parliament in Canberra, and the Indian diaspora in the city. On Wednesday, Modi reached Fiji's capital Suva where he addressed the Fijian parliament and interacted with representatives of civil society at the Fiji Technical University. During the course of his three-nation tour, he also held a number of bilateral meetings with leaders of various countries and spoke about liberalizing the trade and investment policies in India to attract investors. Nov 20, 2014

Home minister Rajnath Singh calls for debate on revoking Article 370

Bhaderwah, Nov 20 (ANI): Home Minister, Rajnath Singh has called for a debate on the abrogation of Article 370 and termed it as a national issue, which should be discussed by the people of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Singh was addressing an election rally in Bhaderwah town of Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir, and said sensitive issues like revoking of Article 370, which gives a special status to the state, should not be raked up during polls for vote bank politics. Singh invited the people of the state for a national debate on abrogation of Article 370. Nov 20, 2014

Police arrest murder accused Sant Rampal from his Satlok Ashram in Hisar

Hisar, Nov 20 (ANI): Police has arrested self-styled murder accused godman, Sant Rampal charged with criminal conspiracy and riot, from his Satlok Ashram in Hisar. Rampal will be produced before the Chandigarh court today. A top official of Haryana Government, Jawahar Yadav, who is officer on special duty (OSD) to chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, said the government's priority was to protect the hostages at the Satlok Ashram. On Wednesday, police brought out 15,000 people, many held against their will, from the ashram. Nov 20, 2014

India does not expect power tariff rise after coal mine auctions, says Coal Secretary

New Delhi/ Dhanbad, Nov 20 (ANI): The government does not expect power tariffs to rise after it auctions more than 200 coal blocks, Coal Secretary Anil Swarup has said. The Coal Ministry on Tuesday had released draft guidelines for allocation of 74 coal blocks. The due date for coal auction is February 11. The Ministry will compensate prior allottees unsuccessful in coal auction. Swarup said that the idea was to keep a lid on tariff rather than adopt a revenue maximisation approach. The reserve price would be determined before December 22, while the bidding fees will be based on geological reserves of coal mines. Nov 20, 2014

Pakistan's former foreign minister hopes for India, Pakistan PM meet in Nepal

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Pakistan's Former Foreign Minister, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, hopes that Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during the regional summit next week in Nepal. Kasuri hoped that meeting on the sidelines of SAARC would lead to initiation of dialogue between the two countries. In August, the Modi government had called off talks between the two countries' top diplomats, objecting to Pakistan's ambassador to New Delhi holding talks with Kashmiri separatists ahead of the meeting. Nov 20, 2014